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environment may help later to interpret some of the results.
4. Answers for questions about which the informant is likely
to be sensitive can be gathered by this method.
5. The wordings in one or more questions can be altered to suit
Explanations may be given in other
languages also. Inconvenience and misinterpretations are
1. It is very costly and time consuming.
2. It is very difficult, when the number of persons to be
interviewed is large and the persons are spread over a wide
3. Personal prejudice and bias are greater under this method.
2. Indirect Oral Interviews:
Under this method the investigator contacts witnesses or
neighbours or friends or some other third parties who are capable of
supplying the necessary information. This method is preferred if
the required information is on addiction or cause of fire or theft or
murder etc., If a fire has broken out a certain place, the persons
living in neighbourhood and witnesses are likely to give
information on the cause of fire. In some cases, police interrogated
third parties who are supposed to have knowledge of a theft or a
murder and get some clues. Enquiry committees appointed by
governments generally adopt this method and get people’ s views
and all possible details of facts relating to the enquiry. This method
is suitable whenever direct sources do not exists or cannot be relied
upon or would be unwilling to part with the information.
The validity of the results depends upon a few factors, such
as the nature of the person whose evidence is being recorded, the
ability of the interviewer to draw out information from the third
parties by means of appropriate questions and cross examinations,
and the number of persons interviewed. For the success of this
method one person or one group alone should not be relied upon.
3. Information from correspondents:
The investigator appoints local agents or correspondents in
different places and compiles the information sent by them.
Informations to Newspapers and some departments of Government
come by this method. The advanta...
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